Following the Top 5 Songs

An animated graph of Billboard’s top songs from Polygraph lets you watch the top five songs rise and fall over time. Not only that, but it plays the number one song while it’s at the top! This covers the years 1956 to 2016, so you can select a great year for memories and just let it play. Well, that’s what I’ve been doing. You might want to to analyze the movement or something. This is cool. there are a few glitches inthe 1950s, but the '60s really rock. And so do all the other years. -via Metafilter


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Dog Saves Hummingbird's Life. Now They're Best Friends.


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Rex the dog has come a long way.

He was a stray who lived a hard life of fighting other dogs and killing cats on the streets. Then Ed Gernon of Whittier, California rescued him.

Having been rescued, Rex pushed on the cycle of kindness. He brought Gernon's attention to a sick hummingbird, lying on the ground and covered with ants.

The pair nursed the bird, whom they named Hummer, back to health. Now Hummer lives with Gernon and Rex. She's Rex's constant companion. You can read more about them at CBS News Los Angeles (auto-start video).

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Five Smart Hotels that Take Tech to the Next Level

Some major hoteliers are harnessing technology to cater to their guests without having to hire extra staff, and along the way, they can save room, time, and energy. If you’re used to doing everything with your phone, you’ll want to visit these someday.

Developed by Caesars Entertainment, the LINQ offers hotel rooms control entirely by the WeChat app. This includes adjusting the lighting, opening and closing the curtains and changing the temperature on the thermostat without getting up from the bed. These smart hotel rooms are catering to the overseas Chinese guests. When you first arrive in the hotel room, you simply scan a QR code to instantly download the app which operates under a WeChat official account.

This collaboration between Caesars and WeChat is one of many in operation that is being used to study foreign markets for additional opportunities. Caesars is planning to construct and ecosystem that leverages WeChat in future hotel rooms to provide the ultimate hotel experience.

These hotels are obviously not for everyone. I find the idea of a hotel chain knowing that much about me to be a bit creepy. Besides, I don’t have a smartphone. There is a hotel on the list that provides iPads in each room for those who don’t have a smartphone. Still, that doesn’t make anything easier for older people who are not quite computer literate. But for globetrotting technophiles, these inns are the wave of the future. See all five hotels at Money Inc.


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Hamster - He's Not On A Piano And He's Not Eating Popcorn, But He's Still Cute!


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Have you ever wondered why people keep buying hamsters as pets even though they live such short lives and don't do anything cool like other pets? Well, I think this picture sums it up- people buy hamsters because they're so darn cute! They sit there staring at you with those adorably vacant eyes making you want to turn into a python and eat them all up, which would explain why their life spans are so short!

Spread squees wherever you go with this Hamster t-shirt by Michael Creese, it's the artsy way to take a tiny pet hamster with you wherever you go!

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The Secret To Writing A Good Star Wars Script, According To West End Games

Even though a few impossible to satisfy detractors disliked Star Wars Episode VII most audiences loved returning to their beloved Star Wars universe, and saw no real problem with the writing.

So what was the deal with the prequels?

Apparently George Lucas didn't follow the style guide released by Lucasfilm in 1994, but the folks at West End Games read it closely while creating the finest Star Wars RPG to date.

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This extensive style guide was meant to give the West End Games team some parameters for what lore could be included in the game and some guidance on how to approach a Star Wars storyline.

Lucasfilm Creative Executive (and former West End Games writer) Pablo Hidalgo has been tweeting out snippets from the style guide to show us how intense writing licensed Star Wars projects used to be, before Lucas threw it out the window for the prequels.

Reading it is like seeing into alternate Star Wars dimensions that could have landed on the big screen and getting some sound advice on crafting a franchise specific storyline at the same time.

Read The Secrets Of Writing Good Star Wars According To West End Games here


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Luke the Son of Anakin

The Broadway musical Hamilton won a Grammy, a Pulitzer Price, and just this week received a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations. But you really know you’ve arrived when you get a Star Wars mashup on YouTube.

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Set to the tune of Hamilton’s opening number, “Alexander Hamilton,” the song explains Luke Skywalker’s entire life that we know so far.  -via mental_floss

If you prefer your Hamilton/Star Wars crossovers with less staging and more celebrities, check out Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and JJ Abrams performing the song Miranda composed for The Force Awakens.


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The Beard Formally Known as Prince

To commemorate the life of the musician Prince, beard artist James Myrick (whose work we've featured extensively at Neatorama) grew his beard into the shape of Prince's unpronounceable love symbol. The purple background inspired by Prince's Purple Rain is a nice accent.

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This Little Pet Owl Loves To Take Baths

Wild owls bathe every once in a while, mostly by splashing a bit of water on themselves since their featers aren't as , but some wild owls don't seem to like to bathe at all.

It's unclear how little Trude would act in the wild, but in captivity Trude is a big fan of baths, and loves to float around in the bath like a wide-eyed rubber ducky.

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Trude's human Kimora Hidetoshi enjoys sharing videos of the strange little bathing owl online so people can see what it's like to have a floating sack of feathers stare at you when you're lying naked in the tub. *shivers*

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-Via Laughing Squid

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Turkish Pizza

It's called pide and it looks delicious! Instagram member stark_eats describes how he discovered it at a restaurant in Istanbul:

A bearded gent from northern Turkey, crammed in with his family at the table next to ours, upon noticing our non-Turkish tongues, asked us with guarded suspicion how we found out about this family-run spot. Once we gave him a satisfactory answer, he told us we had chosen wisely, for this was his favorite pidecisi in Istanbul. When we were about to dig in, he told us to first slide the butter around the crust and then eat. Glad we did

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Squirrel Absconds with GoPro Camera

Viva Frei took his GoPro to a park in Montreal to record the friendly squirrels. One got bold enough to take the camera! The squirrel jump up a nearby bush, but when he sees the man coming for his camera, the squirrel takes off and finds a bigger tree.

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Does he get the camera back? Duh, you’re watching the video. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Fashion Trend: Chest Hair (For Men)


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It's time for you to stop waxing your chest. The newest, hottest fashion in manscaping is for men to grow out their natural carpets. The New York Times reports that this is how urban men are reconnecting with their primal masculinity:

“We’re seeing a return to ’70s fashion,” said Tim Bess, an analyst at the trend forecasting agency the Doneger Group. “The late ’60s and early ’70s were about freedom, the hippie movement, having lots of hair.” [...]

Christopher Oldstone-Moore, the author of the 2015 book “Of Beards and Men” and a senior lecturer at Wright State University, in Ohio, believes that an increasingly urban and digitized life has left some men “disconnected from their masculinity.”

“There are different ways to connect to your organic masculinity,” Dr. Oldstone-Moore said. “Hair is one way to do it.”

The obvious next step for enhanced masculine display would be to put glitter in your chest hair.

-via Althouse


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The Salsa Spectrum

In this episode of You Suck at Cooking, we get a lesson in homemade salsa: mainly, what goes in it. The instructions are pretty much chop and stir. And there’s a catchy little song at the end.

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I make gallons of salsa every year, but my recipe is both minimalist and designed for home canning, which involves cooking. The other main difference I find with this method is that I never have included anything sweet. I might try some of these fresh chopped salsa ideas this summer when the tomatoes come in, just not the potato or soap. -via Digg

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Pixelated Makeup Lets You Live inside Minecraft

Makeup artist Promise Tamang looks like she's stepping out of a virtual world! She painted perfectly arranged and shaded squares on her face, neck, and chest to make her look like a pixelated being. You can see her makeup tutorial here and learn how to do this for yourself.

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Who Was the First First Lady?

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

The “First Lady” is a title which refers to the official hostess of the White House. Although it is not a firm prerequisite for the title, the First Lady is commonly thought to be the wife of the president. But who was actually the first-ever First Lady?

If you guessed the logical answer, you, of course, said it was Martha Washington. After all, Martha was the wife of the first U.S. president, George Washington. But actually, the title First Lady was never used regarding Martha during her lifetime.

In the early years of U.S. presidents, their wives were referred to by several different monikers. Their titles were often based on the wife's personal preference. The titles “Mrs. President" and “Mrs. Presidentress" were sometimes used.

Martha Washington was often addressed as “Lady Washington.” The wife of John Tyler, our 10th U.S. president, liked to be called “Queen of the House.”

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The Sorting - This Is How House Slytherin Does Halloween


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Jack had always known he lived in a magical kingdom, and Halloween Town was far more magical than most because everyone in town was a supernatural creature straight out of a nightmare. But nobody in his Town had any grasp of the magical arts, so when the Hogwarts Academy of the Arcane Arts asked if they could build a satellite school in his Town he nearly lost his head with happiness. Jack had always dreamed of being a full blown wizard, and he knew that moldy old sock Oogie Boogie would never have the discipline or mind power to become a wizard. But when Mr. Skellington was presented with the Sorting Hat to help him discover to which house of magic he belonged he knew he'd underestimated Oogie Boogie's grasp of the magical arts...

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Why You Accidentally Call Your Relatives by Your Dog's Name, But Not Your Cat's

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That person who lives in your house--the one that you've known all of his life--what's his name? Precision is difficult, so just run through the roster and see what sticks.

We've all done this before: call one family member by another relative's name. You may even address your husband or child with your dog's name.

But not your cat's name.

Why? Futurity summarizes research from a Duke University doctoral student named Sparky Samantha Deffler. She explains that it's because dog names have greater significance in families:

In addition to mixing up sibling for sibling and daughter for son, study participants frequently called other family members by the name of the family pet—but only when the pet was a dog. Owners of cats or other pets didn’t commit such slips of the tongue.

Deffler says she was surprised how consistent that finding was, and how often it happened.

“I’ll preface this by saying I have cats and I love them,” Deffler says. “But our study does seem to add to evidence about the special relationship between people and dogs.

“Also, dogs will respond to their names much more than cats, so those names are used more often. Perhaps because of that, the dog’s name seems to become more integrated with people’s conceptions of their families.”

-via Althouse


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The World’s Longest Golf Club

Michael Furrh built a golf club that is 22 feet 6.75 inches long. That’s a new world record, as the previous longest golf club was a measly 14 feet long. How do you swing a 22-foot golf club? From far away.

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It’s not easy to swing. It’s not easy to carry, either. Furrh does it to draw attention to local charities, so it’s not just a silly idea. Oh, it is that, but it’s also more. -via Sploid 


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Teens Are Having Less Sex


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16 and Pregnant? Not anymore. Or, at least, less of it. The number of teenage mothers in the USA peaked in 1991, when it was considered a major public health crisis. But since 2006, the teen birthrate has plummeted, especially among Black and Hispanic populations.

Why? Scholars says that improved sex education and access to contraception has helped. But teens are also having sex less. The Washington Post explains:

“There has been a change in social norms that has happened in the past 20 years, and the idea of not having sex or delaying sex is now something that can be okay,” said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Veronica Gomez-Lobo, director of pediatric gynecology at Children’s National Medical Center, said the trend of abstinence has been mostly among younger teens rather than older ones. While there’s not good data on why this is happening, she thinks of it as a “contagion” factor: So many teens are waiting to have sex, she suggests, that the peer pressure goes opposite to the way that it might have in the past.

“We think this is a very healthy trend,” Gomez-Lobo said.

We would, of course, need hard data to confirm this impression.

-via Marginal Revolution


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Luke Gets a Lightsaber

It never occurred to me as a teenager, but watching the original Star Wars movie again with my own kids, I thought of this exact scene. It must be the mother in me that thought, “Careful, you’ll put your eye out …or something!” Considering what an immature, impulsive kid Luke was, it could have very well all ended before it started, just this way. It’s the latest comic from Jim Benton. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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1913: The First Bollywood Film


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The worldwide film phenomenon known as Bollywood began with this 1913 silent film Raja Harishchandra. Govind Phalke, who is sometimes known as the "father of Indian cinema," produced this, the first Indian feature film.

It tells the story of Harishchandra, a legendary Indian king. The Public Domain Review describes him as well as the film made in his memory:

The story centres around the hero Harishchandra, a noble king, who, to honour his promise to the sage Vishwamitra, sacrifices his kingdom, his wife, and eventually also his children. By the end, however, having pleased the Gods with his actions, Harishchandra’s former glory is restored.

Phalke was apparently inspired to make films after watching the French film The Life of Christ (1902), twice in one day. He quit his job at a printing press and went to London to learn the technical ins and outs of making a film. Returning to India, he pledged in his life-assurance policies and his wife sold her jewellery to raise the capital needed.

Embedded above is an 11-minute synopsis. You can watch the full 40 minutes that survive at the Public Domain Review.

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Han Shot First

It’s part of Star Wars lore that “Han shot first,” referring to the scene where we first met Han Solo. He gets into an altercation with a Rodian bounty hunter named Greedo and shoots him. We all know now that George Lucas was making up the story arc of the original trilogy as he went along, so later when Solo emerged as a fan favorite and Princess Leia’s love interest, he remastered the scene to show that Greedo shot first -and missed, so that Solo only killed Greedo in self-defense. Star Wars fans who were born after the remastered home video version came out never saw the scene as it was shown in theaters in 1977. The revision was to make Solo a more ethical hero, but the change angered fans who adored Solo even with a murderous streak. Today, the New York Daily News has an interview with Paul Blake, the actor who played Greedo. He confirms what we’ve been telling younger fans. 

"Of course, in it said it all in the original script, we played in the scene in English and at the end of the scene, it reads, 'Han shoots the alien.' " Blake told the Daily News. "It's all it says and that's what happened. It was very painful."

Besides, having Greedo fire first and miss from across a table, as has been the case after the original release, is sort of embarrassing.

"He was a bit inept wasn't he?" quips Blake. "He's a worse shot than a Stormtrooper. I don't think Jabba had him under a pension plan let's put it that way.

Blake would like to see the scene eventually restored to its original version. He also tells us how he got the role. Dying early meant it was short-lived, but the retcon gave him a place in history. -via Uproxx 

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Facebook Gives $10,000 to 10-Year Old Who Discovers Security Flaw

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Can you find a security flaw in one of Facebook's social media platforms? If so, the company will give you at $10,000 reward.

The youngest person to ever claim that prize is a 10-year old boy in Finland named Jani. He found a hole in Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. The company handed over the cash reward to Jani's parents. The Washington Post reports:

This reward puts Jani in the upper tier of hackers Facebook has paid for finding bugs. Since the company launched its bounty program in 2011, Facebook says it has paid out about $4.3 million to more than 800 researchers.

Melanie Ensign, a security representative at Facebook, told The Washington Post by phone early Wednesday that most of those payouts are much smaller amounts. The reported $1,780 average reward skews high,  she said, with a cluster of very large payouts obscuring the typical sum.

“We base our bounties on the scope of the risk, rather than the novelty or sophistication,” Ensign said. The flaw that Jani found “would have impacted everybody on Instagram.”

Jani hopes to spend some of that reward money on a bike, soccer equipment, and new computers.

-via Marilyn Terrell

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Tuna vs. Seagull

Normally, it’s the seagulls who eat the fish. In this case, a seagull, probably named Jonah, finds that turnabout is fair play. A giant tuna comes to the surface for a tasty, tasty seagull treat.

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Then it turns out that this seagull isn’t so tasty after all. Tuna normally eat smaller fish, and the feathers must have been a surprise for him, so the big fish spits the bird out. He’s okay; he managed to fly away. And he most likely told all the other seagulls some harebrained tale about how he was eaten and spit out by a giant fish. The others will never believe him. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Wife Finds Note From Dead Husband Written Under Workbench He Made For Her

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When we write our loved ones a letter meant to be read after we die we're usually just trying to put our feelings into words whether the letter is ever read or not.

Many of these love letters end up squirreled away in a box somewhere or similarly hidden from sight, so when a letter is found after the loved one has passed away it feels like a minor miracle.

The touching story shared by an Imgur user about a love letter found after his dad's death sounds more like a major miracle- because the letter was written on the underside of a workbench he'd built for his wife.

The letter reads:

"I love you Becca. Whatever day this is, I hope it's a good one. God truly answered my prayers the day he gave me you. I know that these days are the best I'll ever have, and I'm glad you're in them. I'm not sure if you'll ever see this, but if you do, just know that I love you very much. If there is one thing want in life, it is to be as good to you as you are to me. If I can do that, I'll be the happiest man alive. - I love you beautiful wife. - Mason

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The Combat Ration Collectors Who Eat Decades-Old Military Meals

Military field rations (now called MREs, or Meals Ready to Eat) are designed to be nutritious, portable, compact, and long-lasting. During wartime, these meals are produced in abundance, and there are usually more produced than needed. Years later, sometimes decades later, you can still buy them -and eat them. In fact, there is a community of people who collect MREs and try them out, even long past their expiration dates.   

This less-than-appetizing meal might be assumed to have little appeal outside the military. But civilians are interested in MREs for a few reasons. Some are ex-military, and develop a nostalgic curiosity. Others are concerned with emergency preparedness. Still others fall into a YouTube hole, end up watching a guy sample a vacuum-packed tuna-noodle entree from 1989, and get hooked on the MRE buy-swap-sell phenomenon.

The rise of the internet and disaster-preparation led to a growing number of people interested in taste-testing old MREs. That’s why you can watch someone open and eat a meal prepared for Canadian soldiers in World War II. Read about these hobbyists and their adventures in eating at Atlas Obscura. -via Metafilter

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Mummy Cat - It's How Our House Pets Do Cosplay


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When kitties want to find a costume to wear to a fancy dress party they don't go to the stores, because they're not allowed to travel that far, and they don't order stuff online because cats can't have credit cards. So what they do instead is go searching around their human's house for something they can use as a costume, namely towels, boxes, piles of trash and rolls of paper products. While paper towels work best for wrapping yourself up at night to keep warm they don't work very well as a mummy costume, and nothing beats the feel of quilted two-ply tp wrapped around your furry little limbs...it's a purr-fect fit!

Celebrate your love of cats and their wild imaginations with this Mummy Cat t-shirt by IdeasConPatatas, it's an adorable way to scare up smiles wherever you go!

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Worker Seeks $414,000 in Compensation for His Boring Job

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You think that you've got it rought? Just listen to the nightmarish life of Frédéric Desnard, formerly a manager at a perfume company in France:

“I was ashamed of being paid for doing nothing,” he said.

There was simply nothing for him to do for his 4 years at the Interparfums company:

The 44-year-old said his “descent into hell” was similar to a burnout, but less interesting. […]

Desnard complained that between 2010 and 2014 he was mise en placard, or put in the cupboard by his then employer Interparfums, a French phrase that involves giving employees little or no work, or menial tasks.

He told Agence France-Presse he was relegated to doing tasks that had nothing to do with his job and deprived of his original responsibilities. This, he alleges, left him “destroyed” and with “serious depression”.

So, The Guardian reports, Desnard is seeking compensation and damages from Interparfums for approximately $414,000:

In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in France, Desnard is seeking €360,000 (£282,000) in compensation and damages – including holiday pay, he says, is due.

It's the least they can do for him.

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32 Facts about New York City

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How much do you know about the USA’s biggest city? Probably quite a bit, since it’s been a major entry point for immigrants for hundreds of years, and it’s a hub for business, finance, and entertainment. But there’s always more to learn, which you’ll do when you watch this week's episode of The List Show from mental_floss.


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A Funny Visual Guide To The Dos And Don'ts Of Eating Sushi

Sushi is mainstream cuisine these days, and yet dining at a sushi restaurant feels a lot more rigid and ceremonial than grabbing a burger at the neighborhood diner.

Even those of us who consider ourselves old sushi pros know we're breaking all kinds of rules when we eat those raw fish rolls our way, namely dipped in a mixture of wasabi and soy sauce with a bunch of ginger slices on top.

The traditional sushi set in Japan see ginger as a palate cleanser, to be eaten between types of sushi not on top of rolls, and drowning rolls in soy sauce is seen as a sin by sushi chefs.

The folks at The Bold Italic headed to Ichi Sushi, one of San Francisco's best sushi bars, to get the skinny on the do's and don'ts of eating sushi.

This funny visual lesson may not change the way you eat sushi, but it will give you a good idea of why the sushi chefs keep glaring at you while you eat!

See The Do's, the Don'ts, and the Oh God, Please Don'ts of Eating Sushi here

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Happy Star Wars Day from Daisy Ridley

May the fourth be with you! Daisy Ridley takes the opportunity of Star Wars Day to plug Star Wars: Force for Change, the official Star Wars charity that supports children’s programs all over the world.

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The current promotion is a raffle for a trip to Skellig Michael, where the final scene of The Force Awakens was filmed. You can donate and enter here. I can’t think of a better way to recognize Star Wars Day than to join in the challenge. -via Uproxx


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